Skull Shores Lagoona got a minor makeover. Lagoona 2's shoes remind me of the jellies I used to wear to the beach as a kid, so I gave them to SS Lagoona. Lagoona 2's bag would also make a good beach bag if I can find some good beachy props. I also gave her Lagoona 2's earrings, since her originals were mismatched (ow my OCD!) and fish skeletons just seemed to be more beachy than anything else.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
my hubby and I made a midweek grocery trip to walmart. of course I dropped by the Monster High section. I wasn't expecting much. last time I went the shelves were pretty bare. I was in for a pleasant surprise.
the first thing I noticed is that the slim box shelf had quite a few dolls on it. I was expecting them to be the same Roller Maze and Skull Shores Ghoulia that had warmed the shelf before Christmas. nope. BOOM. Scaris Abbey, front and center.
as I picked her up I remember seeing a Scaris Draculaura and Dance Class Operetta, but then I glanced down at the "deluxe" shelf and saw Jinafire. Jinafire?! I dropped Abbey back on the shelf and grabbed Jinafire. I poked on the shelf to see how many Scaris deluxe dolls they had. in addition to the Jinafire that I bought, they had 1 Skelita, 1 Rochelle, 2 Frankies, and I'm totally blanking out on the last one, but I think it was a Clawdeen. so it looks like only 1 case-worth of Scaris gals.
I also remember seeing the Scaris cafe playset, and the school from last year. an entire shelf of the walmart exclusive Dot Dead Gorgeous 3-pack, and several of the single DDG dolls. and 1 black friday special Classroom Lagoona that doesn't come with a locker.
I confess I'm not a good reporter- once I saw Jinafire I didn't really look around much.
Monday, January 21, 2013
Skull Shores Lagoona, like Abbey and Gil is only available individually, and is left out of the big Target 5 pack. however I did find, and buy, this ghoul at my local Target. Lagoona was relatively difficult for me to find locally, and online.
the back of the box features a cartoon of Lagoona, map in hand, looking for adventure. beneath that are cartoons of the other four dolls in this line.
removed from the outer box we get a look at what all Lagoona comes with. she has her trading card, and a turqouise brush and stand.
Lagoona's swimsuit is a two piece. the top is black with white and pink stitching diagonally down the front, and pink rickrack as a halter strap. there is also a turquoise seethrough line of ruffling that makes off-the-shoulder sleeves.
on her bottom half Lagoona has a pink fishscale and black with turquoise wave pattern coverup. she wears this over little black bootyshort swim bottoms that have the same white and pink stitching detail as her top.
Lagoona comes with quite a few accessories for a beach doll. in her right ear she has a pink earring that kind of looks like a little octopus, and her left earring looks like a turquoise tentacle (Parental Warning: small parts!). on her left wrist she has a pink bracelet that looks like a tentacle wrapped around her arm.
she also wears a headband that consists of a strip of wide black elastic with a pink flower bead resting over her left temple.
I actually really like Lagoona's sandals. and they are the first pair of shoes I have that take advantage of the gap between her big and other toes. they are translucent turquoise with a strap that spirals around her ankle. the heel and the toe strap are both molded to look like bubbles and the rest of the platform has scales. lots of details packed into a small area!
Lagoona also comes with a tiny tropical drink to relax with on the beach. it comes in a terracotta colored "glass" that looks like a tiki head. there is a pink umbrella sticking out the top along with a brown straw. there is also brown seaweed dangling over the rim. yummy.
finally, we have Lagoona's trading card. it features the same cartoon as on her box on the obverse, and a map of a skullette shaped island on the reverse.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: cute Lagoona with a cute swimsuit and accessories
The Bad: some small parts
The Verdict: I like the look and accessories of Skull Shores Lagoona, but at the end of the day, she is just another Lagoona so if she doesn't grab you, you can probably safely skip her.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
as part of the new Scaris line, Mattel is introducing 2 new characters. Skelita Calaveras, daughter of Los Eskelitos, makes her debut as a contestant to be Madame Ghostier's new intern.
the back of the box features a cartoon of Skelita, along with her bio, across the bottom. above that are cartoons of all the "deluxe" dolls that come in this line along with a paragraph explaining why they are all visiting Scaris.
removed from the box we can see what all comes with Skelita. she has a pink rolling suitcase and a travel diary in addition to her brush and stand.
Skelita wears a black halter minidress with a swirl and flower print. the arm holes are trimmed with pink and purple ribbon. over her dress she wears a very colorful skirt that mimics the beautiful papel picado (cut paper) decorations frequently used as decorations in Mexican celebrations.
to accessorize, Skelita wears a very ornate orange necklace, a brown cuff bracelet, and a brown belt. the bracelet and belt both have tiny skulls and other things molded in.
Skelita has some wonderful shoes. they are platform sandals with green straps. the design across the top of the foot kind of echoes the handle of her suitcase a little further down. I can see these being popular with redressers.
ok, so her face. she has lots of beautiful traditional designs painted around her eyes and the corners of her mouth. (that white spot on her nose is a paint rub from contact with her box in transit.) her eyes are beautifully painted, but something about them seems a little off. too widely set maybe?
her hair is predominately black with an orange streak at each temple. if you are expecting her hair to look like the picture on the box, you will be disappointed. the curls are going to require a bit of styling, and her partial ponytail is not as voluminous.
to hold all her clothes while she travels, Skelita has a suitcase. the front of the case has swirls and flowers molded into the bright pink plastic, along with a stylized skullette in the middle. the handle is molded to look like bones.
the back view reveals the tiny wheels (this combined with the curved front makes it hard for the suitcase to stand upright on its own). you can also see that the handle is adjustable/retractable.
the inside of the suitcase is sculpted to look like it is quilted and has pockets on the lid. the "pockets" do make it look more like a real suitcase, even though they are nonfunctional.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: new character with unique body. beautiful clothes and accessories
The Bad: new character with unique body. suitcase cannot stand alone
The Verdict: Skelita Calaveras is beautiful and colorful and will stand out on your shelf of Monster High dolls. for me she was a must-have, and I think that you'll probably love her too.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
sometimes Mattel gets creative with their packaging, and the box liner for the Scaris dolls is one of them.
whenever the dolls first came out I kept reading about all the "easter eggs" that were hidden on the box liner. no one ever posted pictures of the specific things they were talking about. it drove me nuts! so now that I have a Scaris doll of my own, I'm posting close-ups.
starting on the far left is Ghoulia's scooter. it is under the tree about even with the second level of the Eiffel tower.
Scaris Deuce is the most difficult to see. he is on the right side of the second level of the tower, just under the buildings. since he is riding on a skooter, it is speculated that it will later be added to the Scaris line. anyone else betting on a store exclusive with Deuce doll included?
to the left of the Gargoyle dude and straight down from the pillar is Day at the Maul Frankie's silhouette. there are two others with her, but I am having more trouble identifying them. I am thinking Ghouls Rule Cleo and CAM werecat?
let me know if there are any easter eggs I missed, or if you figure out who the other two silhouettes belong to. :-)
Thursday, January 17, 2013
while deboxing my Scaris Skelita doll I was excited to see black thread on the back of her liner. I thought that meant Mattel had finally done away with the terrible T-ties. alas that was not true, as you can see them under the tape below.
BUT, the thread does completely replace the rubber bands that held the dolls hair against the liner. my experience has been that where ever a rubber band was, the doll would have a corresponding "dent" in her hair. Skelita did not have these dents.
if the switch from rubber bands to thread has eliminated the dents, then I hope this switch is permanent. in the meantime I'll have to resist buying a flat iron to use on my Venus doll.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
one of my favorite parts of the classrooms sets is the included lockers. these things have tons of details. I'd probably buy a bunch of them if they were available separately on a Mattel website. they'd be great for dioramas.
inside the locker is two shelves dividing the interior into 3 smaller spaces. on the door there is a hook for hanging things, which is a nice and unexpected detail.
each locker comes with a tiny skull shaped lock, like in the webisodes. the locks can open and close. there is a loop of plastic on the main part of the locker and hole on the door, so the locker can be closed, and then "locked" like a real locker. the best detail? the skull has three teeth that are actually round like combination lock spinners!
a neat thing about these lockers can be seen looking at the top and bottom of them. the top has a raised up "MH" and the bottom has an identical indented "MH".
at first glance this seems odd, and just like they wanted to throw another Monster High brand reference in. but once I had two of them out of package I realized...
...they can be stacked together. the MH's make a nice sturdy connection between the two lockers. this was a genius idea, and major props to Mattel for thinking of it. (also on the picture above you can see the front of a locker, which I had forgotten to take a separate picture of. you can see the molded in vents on the front, just like a real locker.)
Monday, January 7, 2013
I've had Classroom Lagoona for nearly a year now, and I'm only just now opening her to take photos. (Update: 1/9/14: ugh, I started this review a whole year ago, so you can see how frustrated I am with the whole leaky head thing.)
the back of the box features a cartoon of Lagoona freeing one of her "bro" frogs, and an excerpt from her lab notebook. there are also two small photographs of the other two dolls in this line.
removed from the outer box, we see that Lagoona's box liner is actually pretty cute. it resembles a classroom. some of her accessories are attached to the liner on the shelves. she also comes with a magenta locker with second fashion, lab notebook, stickers, brush, and stand.
Lagoona comes wearing a simple but cute dress under a white labcoat. the dress has a turquoise background with black anchors and white bubbles printed on it. it has black ribbon straps and detailing on the top and bottom hems. the labcoat is quite nice and fits well.
here you can get a better look at the print as well as some of the jewelry Lagoona accessorizes with. she wears a pink necklace and bracelet that remind me of coral. they are cute, but I don't really feel like they go with this dress.
in addition, Lagoona has a cute pair of earrings. they are little black anchors hanging from yellow ropes. I really like these. jewelry is small parts!
in the above picture you can see Lagoona's beautiful face. I love the way her makeup was done. I had planned on making her my default display Lagoona until I saw the huge grease spot on her box liner from the glue or whatever seeping out of her head. (Update 1/9/14: I had her stored primarily upright in a shoebox, and her head left another grease spot on it, so this will be an ongoing problem.)
Lagoona only comes with 1 pair of shoes for her 2 fashions, but I think they're really neat. they are turquoise with black accents on brown wedge heels. yellow ropes wind around her leg and tie in bows above her leg fins. you will have to remove her leg fins to get the shoes off.
while I'm talking about clothes, I'll go ahead and show the second included fashion, being modeled by my sea monster CAM. it consists of a top and turquoise knee-length pants. the pants have black ribbon at the waist and where the pockets would be, and black cuffs.
the top has a black background with wave swirls printed on in white, pink, and turquoise. it is asymmetrical, with one normal sleeve on the left, and an off the shoulder sleeve with a turquoise ribbon strap on the right. the right hip has a tie of the same fabric tacked on.
Lagoona comes with a very nice container with lid. one side features the Monster High skullette, and the other has graduations for measuring. you've already seen this in my chem lab mini photo story.
there is also a tiny green three-eyed "bro" frog. complete with tiny painted on tear. he fits inside the container. I can't really say much more about him, because he makes me sad. he is from one of the webisodes.
another webisode tie-in is a cracked egg in a little box. this thing is all one piece, so the egg is not removable. it is sculpted to look like the egg is resting on something fuzzy.
one of the cutest accessories is a scaled down plastic version of Lagoona's lab notebook and a turquoise Monster High skullette adorned pen. the back of the "notebook" has the Monster High school crest on an inexpertly aligned sticker.
speaking of stickers, here are the two tiny sheets of stickers that are included. one sheet is black Monster High themed stickers, and the other is a nice teal Mad Science specific stickers. I think these are supposed to be used to decorate her locker. I've decided the lockers are interesting enough to get their own entry.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: beautiful Lagoona, cute accessories, 2 fashions
The Bad: some small parts
The Verdict: if you can still find her Classroom Lagoona is a lovely doll that's worth picking up. she'd look beautiful in any of Lagoona's fashions, and even has a neat box that makes a nice display for those who prefer not to debox their dolls.